New Dalrymple Road bridges over the Bohle River near Townsville now completed

Media Release

WT434/2015

22 December 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Jenny Hill

Mayor of Townsville City Council

Ewen Jones

Federal Member for Herbert

Aaron Harper

Member for Thuringowa

Work has been completed on constructing two new two-lane bridges on the western outskirts of Townsville where Dalrymple Road crosses the Bohle River and its floodplain.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the bridges, which are capable of withstanding a one-in-50-year flood event, were completed more than three months ahead of schedule.

“These new bridges—and continuing associated upgrade works on Dalrymple Road—significantly improve safety levels on Dalrymple Road and will ensure the road remains open in all but severe flooding events,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones, said the road is one of the principal roads linking Townsville CBD and the Port of Townsville to the rapidly growing Northern Beaches community, the Bruce Highway and the Townsville Ring Road.

“The upgrade will improve road conditions and access for the local community and freight,” Mr Jones said.

“Projects like the upgrade of the Dalrymple Road crossing will make a huge difference to the day-to-day lives our residents and it's fantastic that this work has been completed so quickly.”

Representing Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey, the Member for Thuringowa, Aaron Harper said the road's old low-level crossing was typically flooded for up to 42 days during the wet season.

“This important upgrade, along with continued investment to Dalrymple Road, will deliver improved safety and flood resistance for residents and visitors to our region,” Mr Harper said.

“As well as the ongoing benefits of better access and improved safety, it also created several jobs, delivering an economic boost to the area.”

Townsville City Council Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said the opening of the road three months ahead of schedule was a credit to the council's project management team and contractor BMD Constructions.

“To have two bridges completed in just eight months is a significant achievement,” Cr Hill said.

The Australian Government's contribution of up to $20 million to the total estimated $40 million cost of the project, is being supported by the Queensland Government's contribution of up to $5 million and the Townsville City Council's provision of up to $15 million.

Works on the Dalrymple Road upgrade are expected to be completed by March 2016.